American Health Care Act Does Not Meet AAFP or CAFP Standards
AAFP let the House of Representatives leadership know on Monday, March 20, 2017 that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) failed on two of the most influential indicators of health: continuous health care coverage and a usual source of care, typically through a continuous relationship with a primary care physician. In a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, AAFP Board Chair Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP said, “millions of people will lose coverage under the AHCA and those who do retain coverage will face escalating premiums and deductibles that will further separate them and their health care needs from the health system.”
CAFP joined AAFP in asking members of the House to vote “no” on the AHCA. CAFP also reached out to its key contacts in legislative districts that would be hardest hit by the AHCA’s provisions to call their Congressional representatives, tell them how many of their constituents would be adversely affected and ask for a “no” vote.
Thanks to the key contacts who took time away from their busy practices to do this important advocacy work on behalf of patients.